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The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger – who worked on characters such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Silvester etc.), Animaniacs (Pinky And The Brain), A.J.Hogg and Scooby-Doo – in which he shares bits and pieces of his character design work, processes, visual development, inspirations and reference materials of current, past and future projects.
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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Art vs Merchandise Sunday

Christo's "Wrapped Snoopy House" (on permanent display in the Charles M. Schulz Museum) juxtaposed with the "Color Your Own Peanuts® Snoopy Playhouse", Cardboard 25" x 30 1/2" x 4 ft. Enjoy!

Peanuts © 1978 Peanuts Worldwide LCC. All rights reserved.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Throwback Saturday: 8-bit street

Back in early 2013, Disney transformed East London's Brick Lane marketplace into a landscape equipped with solid 8-bit sculpts promoting the U.K. release of animated film 'Wreck-It Ralph'.
(images via Designweek UK)

Wednesday, July 08, 2020


Rough sketch of a random duck with way too long legs, wearing a Donald Duck costume and a furry Mouseketeer hat juxtaposed with an on-model Donald Duck recreated from an original drawing from the 1950 "Standard Duck" model sheet. ---
#parodyart #donaldduck #roughsketch

Monday, July 06, 2020

Duck's Nest, drawing process bits

This is pretty much the whole process, I think I didn't left anything out.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

One thumb, three fingers

Fictional anatomy study, dark feathered duck arm wearing a yellow glove, ca. 2018.

Image © by Florian Satzinger. All rights reserved.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Lucky Luke addresses racism

The new Lucky Luke comic album - UN COW-BOY DANS LE COTON - will be out on October 23rd, this year. I'm really looking forward to this. I think it marks the very first time a Lucky Luke story addresses slavery and racism as the principal theme. The title 'UN COW-BOY DANS LE COTON' could be translated like 'The Cowboy in the Cotton', I guess (cf. 'The Catcher in the Rye').

#LuckyLuke #Dargaud #Achde

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

When the brand becomes "more original" than its own creator

I love the story behind this very photograph from 1959:
«Disneyland, September, 1959. My [rysung] mom in a close encounter with Walt Disney. When she asked him for an autograph, he politely declined, saying that she could write to his office for one. This seems consistent with what I heard many years ago, that he didn't like to spontaneously hand out autographs because his authentic signature wasn't quite like the official Disney logo.»

- Update - For more on this and the probably most recognizable signature in the world, please check out Leonard Maltin's posting from March 2019: YOURS TRULY, WALT DISNEY

Photo via SHORPY #WaltDisney #branding #iconicsignature
Signatures collage compiled by The Paperwalker Journal

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The 'Standard Duck' of all of us

Donald Duck model sheet, ca. 1940-50s, approved by Jack Hannah and Jack King.

«Nostrils shown, only in close ups» «In all cleanups, legs should set well apart and to the rear»
#donaldduck #modelsheet #standardduck

Friday, June 12, 2020


If I had to pick just a few of my personal most favourite preliminary sketches, this one would be for sure one of them. And it's not a duck, to my own surprise.
#parodyart #mickeymouse #wollmaus #woolmouse